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Album Review

Colorado's Leftover Salmon have spent the majority of their career basking in the herbal-infused glow of the jam band circuit. While their devoted fans may indeed celebrate the often-polarizing "hippie" aesthetic, the band has undergone enough significant changes in the last few years to warrant a mild reconsideration of the moniker. The Grateful Dead seal of approval has marred and helped the group, winning them packed houses and prime festival slots while causing some to write them off as purveyors of collegiate bong-passing and disposable noodling. This is both true and false, mostly the latter as shown by their self-titled, sixth full-length — not including the hundreds of bootlegs — record. Judging by their last two releases, the one-off collaboration with Cracker, O Cracker, Where Art Thou?, and the well-received, star-studded Nashville Sessions, their bluegrass leanings have only intensified. Produced by frequent collaborator and Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne, the band delivers 11 tracks of solid newgrass that occasionally cross over into folk and blues. Twenty-one-year-old newcomer and Béla Fleck protégé Noam Pikelny adds some serious heat to the mix, especially on the instrumental "Lincoln at Nevada." Like the early work of John McEuen and Martin Simpson, he's technically sharp as well as creative, and his enthusiasm carries much of the record, providing "one-man band," multi-talented Drew Emmitt with a little less to worry about. They sound more like Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder now than they do any of their grassroots contemporaries, and that bodes well for their future. While no new ground within the genre is broken, Leftover Salmon remain one of the more talented (and tolerable) acts associated with the jam band scene.

Customer Reviews

Salmon Salad

Frequently borrowing from the late great John Hartford (Aereoplane, ...Boogie), and doing it well, these toasted Colorodan's excell on this little live gem that highlights their skills and their ability to make a recording as crisp and clean as the Rocky Mountain air. They're at their best when doing Bluegrass and should stick to it, hone it, polish it, and quit trying to be Mickey Hart bing bang bong bamboo ting ting rub a zebra skin and knock a yak jaw with a bone extended percussion jam band clone...Still, I love this live stuff.....

If Dave Matthews Band and the Dead learned to read music

and play their intruments, they'd call themselves leftover salmon. It's a great hippie/jamband/bluegrass group that know's what they're doing but all in good fun. Any album of theirs is great but they're even better live. Catch them on the festival circuit if you can and have a blast.

lonesome displaced cowboy

man it's funny the only place I got wi fi is on the crapper here in the Bowery in NYC@822am after being in the klink all nite I'm justso thankfully for these kind bros.who I've had the pleasure to git down with for a few moons with man I missyall rob from screwgene OR


Formed: 1989 in Boulder, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In their first quarter-century together, Colorado-based jamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon have enjoyed substantial success as a touring act, becoming an influential anchor of the jam band scene with their string-led mix of bluegrass, rock, Cajun, and other American roots traditions. Formed in 1989 in the college town of Boulder, they were born out of a merger between two local acts, the Salmon Heads and the Left Hand String Band. The initial chemistry of that early lineup solidified the longtime...
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